via press release:
TLC RENEWS NEXT GREAT BAKER
TLC today announced that it has ordered a second season of: NEXT GREAT BAKER. The series, hosted by Buddy Valastro, follows 10 aspiring bakers competing in a series of challenges to win $50,000, a new car, and a job at Carlo's Bakery. The premiere season to date has been averaging 1.7M P2+ viewers.
The special 90-minute season finale airs Monday, January 24 at 9/8c. The three remaining contestants - Corina Elgart, Dana Herbert, and Megan Rountree - must prove their skills running the famed Carlo's Bakery and also create a custom cake to celebrate the city of Hoboken, NJ. Buddy, his mother Mary Valastro, and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, judge the finale.
The second season is currently scheduled to premiere in late 2011.
Starting Tuesday, January 25 at 5:30/4:30c, Buddy debuts his cooking skills in the previously announced new weekday series KITCHEN BOSS. In each episode, Buddy will share his family's favorite accessible and authentic Italian recipes. Season four of the hitpremieres Monday, January 31 at 9/8c with a special one-hour episode featuring a visit from Rachael Ray.
All three series are produced for TLC by High Noon Entertainment.